Medical Dictionary


noun with·draw·al \-ˈdr(ə-)l\

Medical Definition of WITHDRAWAL

a :  a pathological retreat from objective reality (as in some schizophrenic states) b :  social or emotional detachment
a :  the discontinuance of administration or use of a drug b :  the syndrome of often painful physical and psychological symptoms that follows discontinuance of an addicting substance <a heroin addict going through withdrawal>
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